Why is my washer leaking is a very common problem found by United Appliance Repair with front load washers and today’s high sudsing detergents. If you are using a front load washer, and you notice suds on the door glass, you probably have an oversudsing condition. Washing machine oversudsing is not good for the person who intends to wear the clothing in the washer, and it puts unnecessary wear and tear on the dryer. If there is still detergent in the water at the end of the rinse cycle, that means there is still detergent in the clothing at the end of the cycle. Furthermore, oversudsing in a washing machine prevents it from reaching full spin speed. That means that the clothing will come out of the washer dripping with excessive water. When you put clothing in a dryer that is wetter than normal, the dryer must run longer to dry the clothes. This puts unnecessary wear and tear on the dryer, not to mention the fact that it increases the cost of drying the clothes.
While any washing machine can have an oversudsing condition, the condition seems to be exaggerated with front load washers. That’s probably because most people who use a front loading washer, tend to use liquid detergents. Liquid detergents are more susceptible to oversudsing. In addition to that, some people think that if their clothes are dirty, it’s better to add just add a little extra detergent. This is a mistake because the instructions on the detergent container recommend an amount of detergent that is already unnecessary. There is another reason why liquid detergents are bad for front load washing machines, washer odor.
The softer your water is, the more likely you are to experience an oversudsing condition in a front load washer. If you have a water softener in your home, you already know to use less detergent. So how do you prevent oversudsing in a washing machine. As a technician, I know that liquid detergents tend to cause problems with washing machines. I always recommend to people, that they switch to a granular detergent. In addition to that, I always recommend that they use less detergent. In fact I suggest that they throw away the plastic cup that comes with the detergent and use a small ice cream scoop to scoop the granular detergent out of the box, and put it directly in the washer before they put the clothing in. That’s right, you should put the detergent right in the washer, and ignore the detergent dispenser.
Some washing machines have a sensor that senses an oversudsing condition. These washers try to correct this condition by pumping out the water and adding cold water. Sometimes the control board will let the cold water rest in the tub for five minutes or so, before pumping the water out in an effort to remove the excess detergent. Although I do not recommend fabric softener in a washing machine, oversudsing is the one situation where I would suggest fabric softener be used. If you would like to know why I do not recommend fabric softener, click here.